About SimplicityAccording to the release page on the Simplicity website the latest version of Simplicity Linux is based on Slacko Linux 5.6.
Simplicity uses the LXDE desktop and has Firefox 24 included as the web browser.
Other notable inclusions are LibreOffice, Skype, WINE, Java, Flash and OnLive.
How to get Simplicity Linux
- Obsidian (Minimal)
- Full Desktop
The first time that you boot Simplicity Linux you will presented with a "Quick Setup" screen that lets you choose your country, time zone and keyboard layout. You can also choose your computer's hostname and adjust screen settings.
You might notice a checkbox that says "Run internet apps as spot". Puppy Linux doesn't really have the concept of users. Everything you do within Puppy is done as the root user and some people think this is insecure.
The "spot" user is a user that has less privileges and so the option to run as "spot" lets you choose to run internet facing applications with less power, if you are concerned about security.
When you press "OK" you will boot into the main Simplicity interface. Before you get too involved in using Simplicity it is worth rebooting the system as this will give you the opportunity to create a save file.
A save file can be saved anywhere. You can save it on a Windows partition, within a Linux partition or on the same USB drive you used to boot Simplicity.
You will be asked to specify whether the file should be created with an ext2, ext3 or ext4 file system. You will also be asked how big the file should be. Your choice here will be governed by how much you think you will be installing and how much space you think you will use during the course of time.
After you have made your choices the save file will be created and your system will reboot.
The next boot of Puppy Linux takes a bit longer as it sets up the new save file. This is a one time only performance hit and any subsequent boots should be back to normal.
One thing I did notice which was a bit frustrating was that if you chose not to create a save file then you are forced to wait 240 seconds before the computer will shut down.
It may feel like a minor point because most people will want to create a save file. If however you booted from a CD and chose to use one of the internal Puppy tools to create a bootable Flash drive then you will want to reboot into the USB drive without creating a save file.
This review could have been so much different. I started off with a download of Simplicity 13.10 and I had a few issues with installing web browsers, installing applications in general and even shutting down the computer.
Luckily whilst troubleshooting I noticed that the 14.1 release had become available. The experience this time was so much better.
The wallpaper in 14.1 is bright and welcoming, there is a dock at the bottom with the more commonly used applications, there are system style icons in the top right corner and in the top left there are icons for changing workspaces.
The performance is excellent on both my main laptop and on a netbook.
Connecting to the internet
Flash and MP3
Flash and Java are installed by default within Simplicity Linux and therefore you will be able to watch Youtube videos and play games online.
The audio player is MPlayer and this was capable of playing MP3 files without issue.
- Web browser - FireFox
- Email Client - Claws
- Office Suite - LibreOffice
- Media Player - MPlayer